Starring – Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, Kayoze Irani, Rishi Kapoor
Director – Karan Johar
Producer – Hiroo Johar, Gauri Khan
Banner – Dharma Productions, Red Chillies Entertainment
Music – Vishal-Shekhar
Genre – Drama
By Prerrna Seth / Kreative Access Media
Karan Johar’s ‘Student of the year’ has ‘BOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER’ written on it in Bold letters. It has all the ingredients to success and is a typical Karan Johar movie that has a big fat Indian wedding, the Naach Gaana, a sad demise, love, friendship, family drama, sports, expensive brands, exotic locations, and all this in one film.
Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan), scion of the Nanda Group of Industries, a rockstar in the making, he is the top contender of the ‘Student of the Year 2012’ title at St. Teresa. Shanaya Singhania (Alia Bhatt), rich and popular, is the best looking girl in school. Enters Abhimanyu Singh (Sidharth Malhotra), the new admission and the only one who is promising enough to beat Rohan and grab the trophy. Talking about the story, there actually is no novelty in it but Karan Johar’s direction and the screenplay takes it notches higher. The film has emotions in abundance and that’s what every person in a theatre will relate to, be it a school-going kid, a Teenager in love, a mid aged middle class man or your loving grand mom. Nostalgia is what the film hugely banks on and that works quite in its favour.
K JO launches three new faces with SOTY, each one more promising than the other. Sidharth performs excellent as a debutante, acts well and is sure a screen stealer. The only thing he needs to work is on his body language. Alia is sugary sweet and performs naturally well. However, Varun takes the cake with his cool looks, and smashing attitude, adding to it his killing dance moves. Kayoze Irani who reminds quite a lot of Boman Irani too does a great job. Rishi Kapoor is the master of all. He plays a gay with Panache. Especially worth noticing is the Panda brooch on his blazer and his black ties. Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor and the rest of the supporting cast too does their job well. Kajol, Farah Khan, Boman Irani and Vaibhavi Merchant play a cameo.
Vishal-Shekhar’s music is already on people’s lips. The songs are fantabulous, be it Radha Likes to Party, Saanu Ki, Ishq Wala Love or Disco Deewane. Dialogues, though some are clichéd, some are really well written and are inspiring. Background score completely gels with the screenplay. My favourite portion of the film is when Abhimanyu falls in love with Shanaya and there is ‘Ishq Wala Love’ prelude playing in the background with no dialogues.
‘Student of the year’ is a complete package and an entertaining watch for the entire family this weekend. Sit back and enjoy this roller coaster ride of emotions.
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